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  • Follow live coverage of the World Snooker Championship from the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

    The tournament begins with a bang, with Ronnie O'Sullivan taking on Robin Hull in the opening match. Stay tuned for updates as Ronnie bids for his sixth world title.

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  • French prosecutors have launched a preliminary investigation into Qatar club Al-Jaish after Zahir Belounis was stranded in the country for 17 months due to a financial dispute, the French player's brother said.

    "It's directed against the club and its president," Mahdi Belounis told Reuters by telephone on Friday.

    Last December, Belounis filed a lawsuit against the Qatar club alleging "fraud, inhuman working conditions, forgery and aggravated extortion of money."

    Belounis, 34, who joined the Qatari team in 2007 and signed a new five-year deal in 2010, alleged he had been denied an exit visa

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  • Can't decide who should win the PFA Player of the Year award? Here's our guide to the contenders for the prestigious prize....


    Why he should win: Because he has been the most devastating player in England this season. Suarez has scored a barely believable 29 goals in 29 games, the kind of strike-rate previously thought extinct with the retirement of Dixie Dean, as well as accumulating 12 assists – both of which are league-high figures. Suarez has repeatedly destroyed teams for table-toppers Liverpool and is certainly the most awe-inspiring Premier League forward since Thierry

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  • Roy Hodgson believes that veteran Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo could pose the biggest threat when England begin their World Cup campaign in Brazil against the Azzurri.

    The England boss remembers Pirlo during his time as a coach in Italy and thinks the Juventus playmaker still has plenty of quality at the age of 34.

    When asked by Italian TV station Mediaset if he feared AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli, Hodgson said: "Do we fear him (Balotelli)? I know him because he played in England (at Manchester City).

    "We have respect for everyone but if I have to give a name, I say Pirlo.

    "In the last

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  • While it's unlikely that David Moyes would begrudge his old side any success the reality is that Everton's slip up in their pursuit of Champions League football in midweek has given the United boss a feint chance of restoring a little faith in his own ability, not just that of his team.

    United have the chance to move to within six points of the Toffees with a win this weekend, with a game in hand over Roberto Martinez's side, who still have to face Manchester City.

    If you had said that United would be scrapping to finish above Everton at the start of the season there may have been some

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  • News emerged this week that China have embarked on their latest attempt to convince World Snooker to switch the sport’s showpiece event – the World Championship – from Sheffield to the Far East.

    China have gradually increased their influence in snooker in recent years with the arrival of new ranking events and an influx of fledgling talent, spearheaded by the rise of Ding Junhui over the last decade from prodigal teenager to one of the world’s top-ranked players.

    The latest attempt by the nation – who are aggressively seeking to continually raise their profile in global sport, including

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  • The Premier League title race appears destined for a thrilling conclusion with Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City all in contention as the end of the season approaches.

    But which of those teams will hold their nerve and see their names carved onto the Premier League trophy?

    We asked our team of expert journalists to give us their predictions, and no one plumped for City. So that rules them out of the Eurosport equation.

    With Manuel Pellegrini's men cast by the wayside, who has the edge, Liverpool or Chelsea?

    As a reminder, here's how the table stands at present.

    Alex Chick: Liverpool -

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  • The pressures of keeping a modern day football club afloat are an ongoing issue across the sport and these issues aren’t just restricted to “the have nots”.

    Just look at Manchester United aggressive commercial expansion that has seen them sign official partners for just about everything, including an official noodles partner (NAMEE) or Yanmar, their official moving partner.

    United’s world wide appeal as a brand affords them the ability to secure such obscure partnerships but how do the have nots ensure their financial stability.

    Well, they have to look after their bread and butter income

    Read More »from Jonathan Woodgate makes shocking acting debut in Boro promo video
  • It looks like the title could come down to the clash between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield but don't expect the type of thrills you got when the Reds faced Manchester City.

    Jose Mourinho's Chelsea make hard work of every game because of the style in which they play.

    Chelsea put everybody to sleep with their style. They more than grind a game out.

    Chelsea are going to have to do something unbelievably boring to win at Liverpool on April 27.

    It is the only way they can win it. If they open up, they will be overrun by Brendan Rodgers' side.

    Chelsea will visit Anfield with a pistol, but the

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  • Remarkable Pulis can wreck Liverpool and City’s title dreams

    When he took over at Crystal Palace back in November, nobody expected Tony Pulis to be in a position five months later to influence the destination of the Premier League title. Back then, with Ian Holloway floundering at the helm, Palace looked doomed to relegation, their ejection from the top flight apparently the most certain thing in sport this side of Ronnie O’Sullivan announcing his retirement at some point during the World Snooker tournament in Sheffield. By now, we all expected the tames of surrenders to have been concluded.

    Pulis has done a remarkable job in steering his club to

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